Named after the goddess of wisdom, the birthplace of democracy blends an ancient civilisation with a progressive city. Soak up the atmosphere and join the Greeks with their zest for lift in this fascinating capital.
Syntagma Square is close to the historical Plaka Quarter, and Kolanaki, north east of the city, is known for its pavement cafes and outstanding views over the city.
The best and most interesting places to dine are the outdoor tavernas in the Plaka. Try some Athenian specialities, including souvlaki (kebab), moussaka and spanakopita (spinach pie).
Popular with tourists, the Plaka Quarter has stalls selling clothes, pottery and marble, while the Kolonaki area has chic boutiques and designer shops